A very quick flight from Edinburgh with EasyJet on a Friday night. I caught a taxi from the airport which was 55euro for a 15 minute trip to my hotel. It was quite late so I didn’t want to catch the train. Amsterdam is not a cheap destination! I stayed at Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam a great hotel in a really central location. Amsterdam is mostly known for its pretty canals and houses but there is a lot more to see.

Fun things to do:

  • Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam has lots of museums and galleries, but Rijksmuseum is the best. This magnificent Gothic and Renaissance building houses a great collection of Dutch masterworks.
  • Anne Frank House – the Anne Frank House preserves the secret annexe where the young diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution from 1942 until she was captured along with her family and four other inhabitants in 1944.
  • Hire a bike – Amsterdam is a city of bikes. They’re everywhere. It’s easy to pick one up at any of the many rental locations
  • Vondelpark – The largest park in the city, go here for picnicking and people watching, there’s almost always something going on there.
  • Canal Cruise –  One of Amsterdam’s must-do activities, though a cliché, is still fun.
  • Dam Square
  • Singel – Great spot for insta worth canal shots.
  • Red Light District – We all know what happens here but the Red Light District is also the city’s oldest neighbourhood and home to quaint little squares that are well worth visiting.
  • Royal Palace

For me Amsterdam was a great place to wander, I loved the canals and colourful buildings. A weekend was plenty time for me to see what I wanted to see, if you are into Museums then you may want to spend longer.

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